NAIROBI HALF LIFE (Opening Film)
Kenya'S CHOICE FOR THE OSCARs
by David ‚ÄėTosh' Gitonga - Kenya | Germany - 2012 / 96' - Swahili | Kikuyu | English with English subtitles - Actors: Joseph Wairimu, Olwenya Maina and Nancy Wanjiku Karanja
A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city.
Akin and Mary meet for the first time at an airport where they accidentally bump into each other and mistakenly swap their identical phones.
LES MANEGES HUMAINS
Sophie underwent genital mutilation in Africa at the age of four and then immigrated to Quebec.
This is the true story of a remarkable love between two ordinary people: Rika, a typical Dutch mother of four, and Waldemar, a Surinamese man 17 years her junior.
WAR WITCH / REBELLE
KOMONA, a 14 year old girl, tells her unborn child the story of how she became a rebel.
A compelling story of complacence, karma, ethnic prejudice, moral justifications and redemption.
A disillusioned Johannesburg street thug rescues an orphaned child with uncontrollable supernatural powers.
LOST IN AFRICA
Simon,11, a black adopted boy and soccer enthusiast, travels with his Danish mother to his country of origin, Kenya.
CHARLES BRADLEY SOUL OF AMERICA
For decades he's been Black Velvet, a soul singer scraping by in Brooklyn's projects with small club gigs in the evenings and odd jobs by day.
South Africa, 1988. Three Zulu Boys discover surfing as an escape from the harshness of apartheid.
How could a recently orphaned, 10-year old homeless South African boy ever be called Lucky?
SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME
This documentary challenges one of Americans' most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation.
An uplifting story of the trials and tribulations of a young man whose dreams of football fame and fortune are jeopardised by an impulsive mistake.
Jason Lawrence returns home to find he is estranged from his wife and son.
NOT LIKE THE COMMERCIALS
Scott and Kara have an interesting and loving relationship that is a mixture of being "best friends" and "best enemies."
LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA (Opening Film)
by Obi Emelonye - Nigeria | UK - 2012 / 81' - English - Actors: Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Jim Iyke
Based on true events‚Ä¶ A set of everyday Nigerian travelers's board the last Flamingo Airways flight scheduled to fly from Lagos to Abuja on a fateful Friday night in 2006.
Who are we
Cool, international, independent, politically incorrect and eye-opening, the 1st Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is about discovery. TBFF will showcase the most outstanding and most powerful Black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues.
The Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. A dynamic, refreshing and audacious Festival whose ambition is to encourage the development of the independent film industry and to promote more films on the reality of Black people from around the Globe.
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
"Greater knowledge leads to greater understanding". TBFF is glad to celebrate Diversity within the black community through films that matter. Films illuminate, entertain and invite audiences to see the world from another person's experience. In connecting black films with viewers of all colours and ethnic origins we recognize the differences that make us unique and celebrate the shared values that bring us together. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.
"Dany Laferri√®re says about Fabienne Colas that it has taken her five years to do here (in Quebec) what it would sometimes take most Haitians 30 years to accomplish."
Translation of a quote from La Presse, January 23, 2010.
Actress, director, producer, Fabienne Colas works tirelessly and passionately to support and promote independent cinema around the globe (particularly black cinema). This is one of the reasons she set up the Fabienne Colas Foundation and then created the Montreal International Black Film Festival - MIBFF (formerly the Montreal Haitian Film Festival), which has become a key player in cultural diversity in Quebec by promoting independent author's films from here and abroad.
Considered the most popular actress in Haitian cinema, Fabienne started out as a model, was crowned Miss Haiti in 2000 and has represented Haiti in numerous beauty contests around the world.
Founding and Organizing Body
Fabienne Colas Foundation
Overall Organization and Coordination